Memorial stu­dents part of na­tional skills com­pe­ti­tion.

Memorial High stu­dents join Team Nova Sco­tia for na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

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Three stu­dents from Memorial Composite High School are head­ing to the Skills Canada na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Winnipeg as part of Team Nova Sco­tia.

Tak­ing part in the na­tional event are Spencer Brown, who won gold in elec­tri­cal at the Nova Sco­tia Skills Com­pe­ti­tion held re­cently at the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege cam­pus in Port Hawkes­bury, and the robotics team of Noah Mur­rant and Ethan Evans, who took sil­ver at the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion at the NSCC Wa­ter­front in Dart­mouth.

The team that won gold in robotics didn’t ac­cept the op­por­tu­nity to go to na­tion­als, which paved the way for sil­ver medal­lists Mur­rant, a Grade 11 stu­dent, and Evans, a Grade 10 stu­dent, to at­tend.

“I’m pretty ex­cited to be com­pet­ing in the na­tion­als,” said Brown, who is in Grade 12.

Mur­rant and Evans are be­ing sup­ported and men­tored by Paul Stand­ing and the en­gi­neer­ing de­part­ment at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity.

Each year more than 500 young peo­ple com­pete in Skills Canada’s na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, the only na­tional, multi-trade and tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents and ap­pren­tices in the coun­try.

Kenny Col­lier, head of the vo­ca­tional de­part­ment at Memorial said the Cape Bre­ton stu­dents will be com­pet­ing against the best in the coun­try from each of the prov­inces, adding that over the years Memorial has sent more than 30 stu­dents to com­pete in the na­tion­als in the var­i­ous trades.

The main com­pe­ti­tion events take place June 1-2 at the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Winnipeg.

“It’s an Olympic-style event. (Mem­bers of) Team Nova Sco­tia will travel, par­tic­i­pate in events and sup­port each other as a team,” Col­lier said.

The cost for the stu­dents to at­tend — in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions, flight and some meals — are cov­ered by a Work-It grant through com­mu­ni­ty­based learn­ing.

Mur­rant and Evans, who both live on the North­side, have been trav­el­ling to CBU to build a sec­ond ro­bot and pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We built a ro­bot from parts and it’s ra­dio-con­trolled and we are both pi­lots,” Mur­rant said. “It is in­cred­i­ble to be com­pet­ing at the na­tional level. Dur­ing the provin­cials our ro­bot gave us some in­tense mo­ments, but it was fun. We had to fix a few parts dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, but we man­aged to win sil­ver. We have a lot more time to trou­bleshoot and pre­pare (for na­tion­als).”

They are tak­ing two robots to the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s a pretty big thing to com­pete at na­tional, said Evans.

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

From left, elec­tri­cal stu­dent Spencer Brown, who won gold in the 2017 Nova Sco­tia Skills com­pe­ti­tion, and Ethan Evans and Noah Mur­rant, mem­bers of Memorial’s Robotics Club, will travel to Winnipeg to com­pete in the Skills Canada na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

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